ISA - International Sociological Association
Honorary Presidents: Walter Buckley, USA; Felix Geyer, Netherlands
International Scientific Coordinator:
Vessela Misheva
University of Uppsala, Sweden
Fax:46 18 471 1170
President RC51:
Bernd R. Hornung
University of Marburg, Germany
Fax: 49 6421-286-6572
National Coordinator:
Philippos Nikolopoulos
University of Crete
Fax: 30 210 729 1710

4th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
- Society from Ancient Greece to Cyberspace and Beyond -

Corfu, Greece, June 30-July 5, 2003

This conference has been organized by the
Research Committee on Sociocybernetics (RC51) of the
International Sociological Association.

The assistance of the Municipality of Corfu and the Kerkyra Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the sponsorship of Anek Lines is hereby gratefully acknowledged.

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  • Philippos Nicolopoulos (Chair) ;
  • Alexandros Mastoras, Mayor of Corfu
  • Sotiris Michalef, Member of the Municipality Board, Attorney at Law
  • Vassilis Kontos, President of Kerkyra Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Periclis Pagratis, Director of the Literary Review “Porfyras,” Attorney at Law
  • Kleomenis Koutsoukis, Professor of Political Science, Pantion University
  • Socratis Delivojiatzis, Professor of Philosophy, The Aristotelian University of Salonica

Monday, 30 June

Place: Corfu Palace Conference Hall, 2 Leoforos Democratias Street.

8:30-9:00 Opening Ceremony

    Welcome speeches:

    • President of RC51: Bernd R. Hornung, University of Marburg, Germany
    • National Coordinator: Philippos Nicolopoulos, University of Crete, Greece
    • Welcome speeches from local organizing authorities
    • International Scientific Coordinator: Vessela Misheva, University of Uppsala, Sweden

Sociocybernetics: From Theory to Social Practice

9:00-10:30 Morning Session-1. Chair: Felix Geyer

11:00-12:30 Morning Session-2. Chair: Johannes van der Zouwen

14:30-16:00 Afternoon Session-1. Chair: Bernard Scott

16:30-18:00 Afternoon Session-2. Chaime Marcuello

Tuesday, 1 July

Place: Old Fortress Conference Hall (beneath the bridge).

Sociocybernetic Approaches and Methodologies

9:00-10:30 Morning Session 1. Chair: Juan Miguel Aguado Terron

    • 9:00-9:45 Arne Collen. In and About Conversation with Sociocybernetics and Related Points of View.
    • 9.45-10:30 Cor Van Dijkum. What is Sociocybernetics? Empirical Research as a Bridge between Sociocybernetic Practice and Sociocybernetic Theory.

  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Morning Session 2. Chair: Eva Buchinger

Sociocybernetics: Past, Present, Future

14:30-16:00 Afternoon Session-1. Chair: Stuart Umpleby

    • 14:30-14:45 Antonín Rosick and Eva Kasparová. The Nature of Social Systems: Emergence from Individual Interaction.
    • 14:45-16:00 Matjaz Mulej, Zdenka Zenko, Vojko Potocan. Sociocybernetics, What Do We Think It Is?

  • 16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Afternoon Session-2. Chair: Vessela Misheva

    • Discussion: What is Sociocybernetics and What is its Future?

20:30-22:00 Board Meeting

21:30- Reception in the gardens of Corfu Palace

Wednesday, 2 July

Place: Conference Room of the Corfu Chamber, 2 Kapodistriou Street

Media, Culture, Society:
From Ancient Greece to Cyberspace

9:00-11:45 Morning Session. Chair: Karl-Heinz Simon

    • 9:00 -9.45 Vessela Misheva. New Media, Virtual Social Worlds, and Real Sociological Problems.
    • 9:45-10:30 Søren Brier. The Lomborg Case Viewed in the light of Luhmann’s Theory of the Generalized media and the Agora Concept

  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break

  • 12:30-14:30 Lunch

Sociocybernetics of Organizations. Part 1.

14:30-16:00 Afternoon Session-1. Chair: Dario Menanteau

  • 16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Afternoon Session-2. Chair: Johan Oud

20:30-22:00 Business Meeting.

      Main points on the agenda will be Fee structure, statutes change, upcoming conferences in Lisbon and Maribor.

Thursday, 3 July

Place: Conference Room of the Corfu Chamber, 2 Kapodistriou Street.

Sociocybernetics of Organizations. Part 2.

9:00-10:30 Morning Session 1. Chair: Arne Collen

11:00-12:30 Morning Session-2. Chair: Philippos Nicolopoulos

    • 11:00-11:45 Tatiana Medvedeva and Stuart Umpleby. Adding a Dimension to the Philosophy of Science with an Illustration From Economics.
    • 11:45-12:30 Eva Buchinger. Innovation Policy as a Governance Problem: Systemic and Cybernetic Principles.

  • 12:30-14:30 Lunch

Activity Theory as a Sociocybernetic Perspective

14:30-16:00 Afternoon Session-1 . Chair: Cor Van Dijkum

16:30-18:00 Afternoon Session-2. Chair: Czeslaw Mesjasz

Friday, 4 July

Place: Conference Room of the Corfu Chamber, 2 Kapodistriou Street

Communication Modeling

9:00-12:30 Morning Session 1. Chair: Matjaz Mulej

    • 9:00- 9:45 Martine Timsit, Danièle Bourcier, Evelyne Andreewsky. From Hierarchy to Autonomy: Democratization Through Communication
    • 9:45-10:30 José A. Amozurrutia. A Computer Model for Luhmann’s Key Concepts

  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Sociocybernetics - A Useful Science?

11:00-12:30 Morning Session 2. Chair: Søren Brier

    • 11:00-12.30 Discussion: Sociocybernetics - A Useful Science?

12:30-12:40 Closing Speech: RC51 President Bernd R. Hornung

  • 12:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Organizational Meeting.

  • Chairs: Bernd R. Hornung and Vessela Misheva
    • Brainstorming About Our Next Conference - Lisbon 2004

20:30-22:00 Farewell Dinner

Saturday, June 5

09.00- 17.00

    Excursion on the island of Corfu (free of charge) organized by Philippos Nikolopoulos and sponsored by AOCTA.

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